Features

Projects and full-length essays.

  1. On Camels, Liberal Myths, and Ferguson

    My commentary on an aspect of the unrest in Ferguson from what I consider to be a Christian perspective. I examine two reactions to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and identify the liberal myths they reveal. I also make some theoretical speculations about the purpose of both the establishment calls for 'peaceful protest' and the practice of murderous policing. I conclude with a brief look at the benefits of looting.

  2. Loving v. Utah and Mormonism's Embarrassing Saga of Marital Policy

    A look at Utah's fight over Amendment 3 including its parallels to Loving v. Virginia and the Mormon Church's unenviable position as it once again finds itself clinging to an antiquated notion of marriage.

  3. When Police Kill the Homeless

    When police kill the homeless, they often do so with impunity. I've tagged this entry as a 'feature' due to the magnitude of its length more so than of its quality, but it does probe an important issue at the nexus of my libertarian and anti-capitalist motivations. It is my first (and rough) attempt at applying some ideas from the first volume of Agamben's Homer Sacer to the criminalization of homelessness (following Feldman's lead).

  4. Why I Don't Vote

    Remembering Saint Max on this All Saints' Day: A spooky explanation of why I don't vote from an individualist's perspective.

  5. Transcript of Dateline NBC's Exposé of Gabriel of Sedona

    After I posted three links to a video of a Dateline episode featuring a small Arizona religious group, two of the three hosts received DMCA take-down notices from the group's lawyer and took down the video. So I pulled out my stenotype keyboard and made this quick transcript of the 40-minute program. Corrections welcome.

Weblog

Shorter thoughts and commentary.

  1. The 'Left Behind' Series is Evil, Anti-Christian Crap

    My review of Fred Clark's review of the Left Behind book series. (No, I have not read the entirety of either.)

  2. No War But The Class Apocalypse!: Further Reflections on Rioting

    In my previous commentary on the social unrest in Ferguson, MO, I suggested that the activities of riots were apocalyptic in their ability to shatter the illusion of legitimacy with which authority masks itself. In this essay I explore the limits of a few of those ideas including a clarification on the meaning of “false consciousness,” the question of (Tolstoyan) pacifism, and a generalization of the virtues of riots to disruptive peace.

  3. Catching Up With the Same-Sex Marriage Circuit

    The Supreme Court refused to review several cases this October, leaving district court rulings against same-sex marriage bans in effect.

  4. On Camels, Liberal Myths, and Ferguson

    My commentary on an aspect of the unrest in Ferguson from what I consider to be a Christian perspective. I examine two reactions to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and identify the liberal myths they reveal. I also make some theoretical speculations about the purpose of both the establishment calls for 'peaceful protest' and the practice of murderous policing. I conclude with a brief look at the benefits of looting.

  5. May Day 2014

    My experience in Denver on May Day, and a pamphlet I made out of the Wikipedia article on the Haymarket massacre.